Loving God First

Lord, thank You for the privilege and responsibility of writing for Your glory.

We often declare our love for reading and writing. We’re quick to rattle off a long list of books we love, projects we’d love to write, and goals we’d love to reach.

In our longing to write words that readers love, we can easily forget the gifts You’ve given us are purposed to share Your love and to express our love for You. In our efforts to be good stewards, working tirelessly to develop our craft and meet deadlines, we can sometimes allow You to be neglected, as we tuck You conveniently into the margins of our lives.

Realizing the responsibilities we have as Christian writers, we can get so caught up in guarding our writing time that we willingly sacrifice our time with You.

Please protect us from these temptations, Lord.

Overwhelm us with the endless depth of Your great love for us. Give us such a yearning to know You more that we can’t even fathom writing one word without first being nourished by Your God-breathed words.

Whether we’re writing for the Christian or the secular markets, please help our words resonate with Your truth, Your love, and Your limitless grace.

We do love You, Jesus!

Please help us to be so enraptured by Your love for us, that we have no desire greater than loving You first.

In Jesus’s name, Amen.

About Xochitl E. Dixon 56 Articles

Xochitl (so-cheel) E. Dixon serves as a writer for Our Daily Bread Ministries. She encourages women and teens to embrace God’s grace and grow deeper in their personal relationships with Christ and others. She enjoys being a wife and mom, traveling, photography, and sharing God’s truth and love.


  1. Amen!!! This prayer is so necessary. I remember points in my life when I was negligent in my God time, while trying to teach His Word to others. What was I thinking? How could I have possibly thought my words could penetrate hearts if they didn’t first come from Him? I have learned. Not perfectly…but I realized what I was doing. And it can happen in our writing, too. It does happen with me. I always needs this reminder. Thank you.

    • Colleen, if we’re honest we’ll all admit this happens to us. We’re human. God knows this about us. I believe He added verses in the Bible to help us by reminding us how vital it is it “abide in Him” and how we are powerless without Him (John 15:5).

      This is why I pray this prayer, and versions of this prayer, continually. And this is why I wanted to invite other writers to join me in this prayer. I didn’t think I was alone in this struggle—so busy doing we forget to spend time being with our loving Father.

      I pray we will all stop, inhale the peace of His presence, and exhale praise as we seek Him, love Him, and obey Him with every word we write. When we’re motivated by love for God, we’ll want His name exalted not ours.

      Writing becomes a wonderful expression of worship when we allow God to fill us, when we invite Him to join our process, and when we bend to His will as He guides our words.

      I’m looking forward to moving forward, and am grateful for your encouragement and accountability, Colleen. You truly are an amazing writing and prayer partner!

  2. I am joining in this prayer today. Wholeheartedly! After coming home from the conference I had to go back to my full time job early next morning. I also have a very long list of things to do, as I wasn’t here last weekend to stay on schedule. But, while life goes on, so much new content and so many new ideas are crowding my mind! I crave time to organize my thoughts, my tasks and my priorities. And of course I long to find time to write. And write. And write.

    Today I realized that the sacred time with God that I always protected with all I have in me, was being squeezed out of my schedule. I don’t want to write one word if I’m not in sync with the Ultimate Sorry Teller. As Karen Ball said: “Writing is not our calling. Our calling is to reflect God’s love. Writing is a task”. I can’t perform the task I was charged with, unless I stay close to the One who charged me with it.

    • Thank you for your courageous transparency, Dorota. This is something we all need help with, Sister. What a blessing to know we are not alone! I pray we will enjoy our time with Jesus first, worshiping Him and rejoicing as we receive the messages He wants us to share while we love Him and live for Him. I’m excited to see what the Lord does as all of His scribes devote the first-fruits of our time to Him. I’m proud of you and am inspired by you, Sister. To God be the glory!

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